Hey Scotty. FYI. I watched one of your videos on battery drain. You used a wire with alligator clips on each end, and you attached a 1 ohm 10 watt resistor purchased at Radio Shack, that you connected in the middle of a wire with a positive and negative alligator clips on each end. And then you attached it to the battery somehow if memory serves me right and used a meter at the fuse box on the car to figure out what was causing the battery drain? and this case or video someone had left one of the interior lights on.... I was quite impressed with your enthusiasm and the simplicity of how you diagnose the problem. So this is the first time I've ever ask for help on a YouTube video channel or website. Partially because one can seem to get lost in the weeds on YouTube videos. Which is not the case with yours... Yours are a very simple to understand, concise oh, interesting well I'm done pumping your tires LOL. To the question

I have a 1999 Grand Dodge Caravan with a 3.3 L engine. It has about 158k mileage. I bought it when it had 70,000 miles. Never had any problems Just Brakes and Tires.... Anyway it wouldn't start so somebody replace the battery..... It's not the battery because the battery still will not hold a charge... I have an appointment to get it looked at and I was wondering if you could tell me what to look for on my particular make model and year??? I've already replaced the battery that did not need replaced. And I'm concerned The Next Step the mechanic or automobile Tech might take is to replace the alternator... But what if that's not the problem... just about anyone can fix a car by starting with the obvious start replacing parts. If it ain't broke don't fix it Jackie Gleason said. I already have a new battery that I didn't need and I don't want a new alternator that I don't need.

For some time now the ignition when I put the key in has been acting a little strangely. As if I wasn't pushing the key all the way in the car would not start I hope that made sense? So I guess my questions are how to diagnosed the key situation is it possibly the ignition part where you insert the key or could it be the ignition switch? Is there a way to diagnose that?

Also 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan model came out in 1997 not sure when it ended to the new style. But I wanted to know if there was any electrical problem associated with my minivan model and year. Thank you in advance. Mark.

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I would guess ignition switch is shorting out causing that from the key incidents. But, being a chrysler product, could be multiple shorts. But batts and alts can easily be tested in 5 minutes by any pro